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Comment Regulate by weight class (Score 2) 239

If a drone weighs more than say 5 lbs, it should require a license to operate. If someone were to lose control and the drone fell out of the sky and hit your child in the head. You would want the operator to be licensed and insured to cover the medical bills, or if it broke your window, or crashed into your car parked in the driveway. Insurance would probably require the licensing, but making it law would clarify things.

Also different licenses for different weight classes. A 2 lb quadcopter wouldn't need a license, but 150 lb drone would require a different class of license than a 20 lb drone, similar to being licensed to drive a Semi Truck vs a normal passenger vehicle. A hobbyist drone shouldn't require a license in the lowest weight class, but to fly a UAV with a 10 ft wingspan, I think they should be both licensed and insured.

Also clarification of privacy laws as it is very difficult to say whether a drone is purposefully taking video through someone's window at a vantage point not possible from the ground or a neighbors house where someone would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Comment Re:Sounds like Android ... (Score 1) 585

I think my company's IT department would beg to differ, they just finished their Win 7 rollout 2 years ago. Testing every application used by every department for compatibility with all the region specific installs is a big job. While I have my localization settings on my German laptop all set to English (US) and US number format, the initial boot seqeunce is entirely in German because it was installed from a different ISO. I just work in engineering, the logistics programs for a global supply chain, HR utilities etc, all have to be tested too.

While I am sure, they are probably working on this already, I doubt every compiler, CAD program, debugger, etc... will work out of the box, despite claims to the contrary. Sure the latest version might work, but once a release is validated using a specific toolchain, using a newer version of a tool would require a full retest if the binary is changed due to bug fixes in the tool or for any number of reasons.

If Microsoft wants to alienate the businesses which are their bread and butter, they could not have picked a better way to do it. I wouldn't consider my company and companies like mine a declining minority. Yes, they can order computers which are Win7 compatible for a while, but forcing the issue isn't going to foster future goodwill.

Comment Re:Tcl (Score 1) 674

Tcl = Tool Control Language
We used it at my old startup as the scripting language for the testing tool we sold. I have fond memories of developing multithreaded scripts from the interpreter command line. I never used it for Tk, but I implemented the Tcl API for interacting with our tool in C. It was the right tool for the job, trying to use it for everything would be a mistake, just like with any other language.

Comment Re:6 Million is a Gross Underestimation (Score 1) 166

The contamination areas includes, Southern California, Northern California, Central California, Texas and large swaths of the Eastern United States (from the Great Lakes to Massachusetts) and down the seaboard to Florida. I would say 6 million is a gross underestimation - considering how much produce is shipped outside of California,and the population density in the affected areas.

Not to mention the Twin Cities, Chicago, Detroit (big surprise), and Seattle to name a few more affected areas.

Comment Re:Hatchet jobs aside (Score 4, Informative) 410

Jacob is that you? Notice I am not posting anonymously.

I didn't go into specifics because I wasn't there. There was no hearsay in my post. I've known Jacob since ~2007, so I can call him an ass without it being hearsay. I also did not go into specific details of any one story because they are not my stories, but I know several of the people who came forward and I know their only motivation was to stop Jacob from continuing to abuse people.

Comment Re:Hatchet jobs aside (Score 5, Insightful) 410

I personally know some of the people that came forward, they had no agenda other than stopping a serial sexual predator / harrasser. I was sad when I heard the story break, but not surprised because Jake's an asshole if you're not somebody. Where somebody is defined as a person whose work he can steal, someone to intoxicate and lure into bed, or someone that can enhance his reputation.

Shame on you for suggesting otherwise, and shame on the mods who modded you up.

Whether or not Tor is backdoored or otherwise compromised is a totally different issue. As for something new made by trustable people, Jacob doesn't have the technical ability to do a project like this on his own, he's a charming sociopath that worms his way into the circles of people that can. Good for Tor to give him the boot and cleaning house of the people who turned a blind eye to his misconduct.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 5, Interesting) 486

Regardless of the efficiency of the process, overgeneration of renewable power is still a huge problem. Germany actually pays its neighbors to take it when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining as the price of electricity between utility companies goes negative.

There are a few things we currently do with excess power, the ideal option is to store it until we need it, such as with compressed air in salt caverns.

In many cases, they dump it as heat into rivers as the storage infrastructure simply doesn't exist. This new option seems to be a great way to sequester carbon and deal with excess power generated through renewables. It also reduces our dependency on oil without having to sell new vehicles to utilize it, which is a very good thing.

Comment Re:jesus christ, this. (Score 1) 179

Not everyone's homes. Here in Europe there's a GMO ban. Just think of how much less roundup is used when roundup ready crops aren't planted.

I read another study a while back about the roundup ready crops having high levels of roundup in the actual food produced, one more reason to be glad I'm not living in the States anymore.

Comment Not sure how this helps (Score 1) 134

According to the summary, the attackers were all using cellphones registered to someone else. It might help make a case against the woman to whom the cellphones were registered, but I don't see how this would curb future attacks.

Even that link to the crime is tenuous at best, since it would be easy enough to create reasonable doubt and claim biometric identity theft. Without limits on the number of SIM cards registered to a single user, nothing is stopping them from getting a mule who isn't on a watch list to buy the burners or even using multiple stolen identities for the same purpose.

If they limit things to 1 SIM card per person, then it might have a chance of working, since a victim of identity theft would know since their service would be shut off.

Comment Re:Chromecast? (Score 4, Informative) 121

You CAN use VLC with Chromecast already though. It's not supported in the desktop application yet, but the VLC plugin for the Chrome browser already meets this need. It's fairly easy to make work:
1) Install VLC plugin for Chrome
2) Enter URL for video on your filesystem file://path/media.file
3) Hit the cast button on your browser

I think official support is on hold until Google releases a Chromecast SDK for desktop applications, otherwise it'll be a hack and could break at any time if Google changes stuff. As far as I know, Google has only released an API for web based services.

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